Famous comedy actor Ricky Hui Koon Ying earlier passed away due to heart disease at the age of 65. His family yesterday held a wake and the funeral will take place today at noon.
Yesterday around 3PM three to four security guards erected barriers outside the hall to prevent media coverage, but reporters through the barrier gaps peeked into the hall and saw white cloth decorations with white roses all over. In the center was a photo of a smiling Hui Koon Ying with his arms crossed in a brown military uniform style shirt. The banner across wrote "FOREVER MISSED". On both sides were "Puffer Fish's" favorite eagle designs. At the entrance were an eagle display and condolence book, as well as a crystal photo frame with a smaller scale photo. The hall also kept playing videos from "Puffer Fish's" past films like MR. COCONUT (HUP GA FOON), ALL'S WELL ENDS WELL TOO (FA TIN HEI SI) and CHICKEN AND DUCK TALK (GAI TUNG NGAP GONG). Inside and outside the hall were floral arrangements from "Puffer Fish's" friends like Andy Lau Tak Wa, Jacky Cheung Hok Yau and May Law Mei Mei, Adam Cheng Siu Chau, Chin Siu Ho, Raymond Wong Pak Ming, Clifton Ko Chi Sum, Nat Chan Pak Cheung and Wong Hung Sau, Ng Man Tat, Meg Lam Kin Ming, Peter Lam Kin Ngok, Peter Chan Ho Sun and Sandra Ng Kwan Yu, Bernice Liu Bik Yi, Leo Ku Kui Ke, TVB, RTHK and others. The Hui family also arranged for cakes and bottled water for reporters.
Hui Koon Ying's family arrived early, the most heartbroken was his little brother Sam Hui Koon who has never been able to let go. He even avoided the media when he entered the hall. His brother Hui Koon Mo arrived around 4PM, while big brother Michael Hui Koon Man arrived with his son, daughter and daughter in law. Although their vehicle went directly into the parking lot, Michael still looked sadden in the front passenger seat. Later director Ko Chi Sum came to pay his respect. He emotionally revealed, "Ah Ying looked very peaceful, like he was asleep! (Was Sam very sad?) Sam should have arrived early, I didn't see him. I just saw Michael and his eyes were red. I myself am very sentimental. I thought he would be able to live for many more years, I never expected him to go so soon, so fast, I will really miss him!" He also said that he did not see "Puffer Fish's" girlfriend and has never seen her before. As for the funeral details Hui Koon Mo was in charge.
Others who came to pay their respect were Chin Siu Ho, Jacquelin Chong Si Man, Lisa Ch'ng Si Ming, Liu Bik Yi and others. Due to her red hair Chong Si Man wore a fisherman hat. She also revealed that she met "Puffer Fish" during Sam's concert tour performance. After the shows ended they stayed in touch. She thought that he was someone who had no arrogance and took care of younger generation. She has seen his movies since she was little, so she had respect for him. Her deepest memory of him was that he often joked around and was philosophical. The last time she saw him was a year ago at a friend's wedding banquet. At the time he looked as if he would be tired easily so she did not disturb him. She also saw that he was able to take care of himself. "Puffer Fish's" first girlfriend Suen Bo Ling also returned from Singapore. When Wu Fung left he said that he did not go to the viewing, his family did not appear to be excessively sadden. He also said that he did not see Sam, only Sam's sons Ryan and Scottie who were helping out.
Source: takungpao, Mingpao